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Raising a stink to raise funds


From March 17 - 23, 2014, UTSC students and faculty are raising a stink.

By turning off the shower for a week and participating in the Water Hogs’ Stink-Up, the UTSC community will raise money and awareness of global water resource issues.

Water Hogs Stink-Up is aiming to raise $5,000 to create four scholarships to enable African students to attain graduate degrees while studying in their home country. The scholarships will help students enrolled in the new Hydrogeology and Water Resource Management MSc program offered in Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania.

Just like Canadians, these grad students need to pay for tuition, books, shelter, and travel between home and school. Plus, labs need the appropriate equipment and resources to deliver a quality water resources learning experience.

UTSC lecturer and alumna Mandy Meriano says participants can learn some practical skills of water conservation—while developing greater empathy for fellow students in developing countries.

“We are truly all part of the global village. Africa’s challenges are ours too. We’re all in this together,” says Meriano, who is organizing the campaign. “I’m definitely going to raise a stink!”

To learn about the Water Hogs’ Stink-Up visit the website, follow the Twitter account or email

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